It seems that festival season never really stops in Manchester, even though it’s the start of October (can you believe it?).
And it’s a busy month ahead, with all things Halloween-related coming up including the hugely popular horror film festival Grimmfest this weekend, Halloween in The City events across Manchester later in October, massive parties and much more.
There’s the innovative M20 Festival in Withington, a free celebration of music and arts on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of Factory Records. Presented by Withington Civic Society in association with Deco Records and MIMR, there will be an exhibition of Factory-inspired art opened by Andy Burnham, a ‘Joy Division in Words’ talk hosted by Dave Haslam and events across venues in this thriving Manchester suburb. There will also be refreshments from Future Perfect, raising money for The Christie.
This weekend also sees the start of Manchester Literature Festival 2018, which will host a range of literary events across the city during October, and also the Asia Triennial – Europe’s only triennial celebration dedicated to contemporary visual art exploring Asian themes. It’s also the final weekend of the massive Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2018 – wine lovers shouldn’t miss Fiona Beckett’s event – and there’s a huge Rocky Horror Picture Show fan convention at The Printworks, as part of their Halloweekend.
Asia Triennial Manchester 2018
The fourth edition of ATM showcases a massive free selection of visual art across Greater Manchester on the theme of Asia until 21st October, this year responding to the theme of ‘Who do you think you are?’ in particular. It kicks off on Friday, with an opening event at HOME. During the opening, there will be a performance from London-based Japanese artist Masumi Saito, whilst later in the evening audiences can see Qasim Riza Shaheen’s ‘The day after the day before I sinned’ – a unique sound and visual performance exploring the feelings of brides-in-waiting. Throughout the month, the Triennial will see various artists celebrating Asia in Manchester including poet Anjum Malik, lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with school children and parents on an innovative ‘Hidden Heroes’ project.
Manchester’s cult horror film and culture festival Grimmfest is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special celebration of all things horror at ODEON Great Northern this weekend. 2018’s event sees screenings, film premieres, super-scary shorts and the opportunity to meet cast and crew. Making a special appearance will be horror film star Barbara Crampton, coming over from the States. Barbara will be presented with a lifetime achievement award and over the weekend she will introduce screenings of two new films – Dead Night on Friday and Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich on Saturday. Grimmfest 2018 will also include a special north west programme, a retrospective screening of festival directors Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones’s debut Splintered and a family feature of CBBC’s horror anthology Creeped Out. There’s even a hotly-anticipated zombie high school feature – Anna and The Apocalypse. Festival-long and day tickets are available online.
Manchester Literature Festival 2018
Now back for its 13th event, Manchester Literature Festival is an ever-growing celebration of the written and spoken word and its culture. This weekend sees the start of its 2018 programme, which runs from 6th-21st October. Saturday sees An Afternoon with Jenni Murray on the topic ‘A History of the World in 21 Women’ at RNCM, plus there’s an evening event at Central Library with author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith. Sunday events include a ‘Listen to the Women! Walking Tour’ with Anne Beswick, an afternoon with Lauren Child and an evening with Graham Norton. Over the course of the month, events also include The Original Punk Poet Pub Tour, a reading from Poet Laurette Carol Ann Duffy with Suzanne Batty and Clare Shaw, ‘Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible’ and so much more. Tickets for individual events are bookable online.